Every week here and in our newsletter, we feature a new developer/blogger from the DZone community to catch up and find out what he or she is working on now and what's coming next. This week we're talking to Max Katz, head of Developer Relations for Appery.io. Max is the author of two books “Practical RichFaces” (Apress 2008, 2011), and is a frequent speaker at developer conferences. Some of his most recent posts on DZone include:
- How To Build a Farmers Market Search Hybrid Mobile App
- Creating HTML5/PhoneGap Mobile App with API Backend in 5 Minutes
- Tutorial: Building a Mobile App With Orchestrate Database and Appery.io Development Platform
1. What have you been working on lately?
I head developer relations for Appery.io. Appery.io is a cloud development platform for creating HTML5 and Cordova apps connected to any APIs. We also got integrated backend services (cloud database, push, server code). You build the app entirely in the browser, connect to any APIs, then package for web, Android, iOS or Windows Phone. I work with other developer evangelists and also lead the support team. As we are a small team, I also lead platform roadmap and features development. I enjoy creating videos, writing tutorials, blogging, and just helping developers get started building mobile apps with Appery.io. I also very much enjoy traveling and speaking at various meetups and conferences.
2. You seem to identify mostly as a mobile developer. What are some of the most enjoyable and least enjoyable things about coding for mobile? Where do you see mobile development going in 2015?
Most enjoyable: you can literally build the first version of your mobile app connected to a number of APIs in a few hours (with Appery.io). Least enjoyable: testing apps on the device.
3. Are there any particular developer tools or resources you couldn't live without?
Chrome Developer Tools
4. Do you have a favorite open source project (or projects) that you've contributed to recently?
Not lately. In my previous work I have been heavily involved with RichFaces open source project (now owned by JBoss). I published two books on RichFaces.
5. Do you follow any blogs or Twitter feeds that you would recommend to developers?
http://kinlane.com/blog/ - @kinlane
http://yakovfain.com/ - @yakofain
http://blogs.forbes.com/benkepes/ - @benkepes
Not a blog, but another great site for (mobile) developers: https://developer.mozilla.org
And of course http://javalobby.com
6. Did you have a coding first love -- a particular program, gadget, game, or language that set you on the path to life as a developer?
My first programming language was C. I think HTML would be my first love. I coded my first HTML page (in notepad) back in 1995. It was pretty cool to get a web page up and running. I still remember I used the <blink> tag in many places.
7. Is there anything else you'd like to mention?
I enjoy trying new APIs. If there is a cool API, let me know, I'll be happy to build an app and create a video! (and if you need to build a mobile app, try http://appery.io). Oh.. and follow me on Twitter: @maxkatz.